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C.A.R.A. GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES FOR APRIL 3 2006
Meeting was called to order by the president Lee kd7oed at 7:00 pm
Officers present Lee kd7oed President, Dale nj7c vice president, Pat kd7hab Secretary, Grant wb6ots Member at Large
Minutes approved as published by Grant wb6ots & 2nd.
Technical report was given by Pete w8uxd since Rich kb7rdg was not at the meeting.
R.A.C.E.S. report was given by Bob n7ink.
Looking for a young ham of the year
Budget meeting is April 20 2006 at 1830 (6:30 pm)
Old business: Lease with BLM is still in the works.
Corporation report is due later this month
There is a change in the standing rule.
Bobn7ink reported that the county would like the MCU to have a fence around it. We are waiting on more information from Bob n7ink.
50/50 was won by Ed $22.00.
Meeting adjourned at 8:10pm
Pat Thies kd7hab
DID YOU KNOW?
From friends on the Internet
Laughing stock is really cattle with a sense of humor.
You can't have everything, where would you put it?
If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.
Bob Hollister, N7INK
The search the evening of April 7th was for a gentleman in his mid fifties suffering from dementia. The first sighting we were provided put him on Keeling Rd south of Sierra Vista headed back west to his current residence. Search teams were sent to follow a ground track and Tucson Ranger quickly covered the immediate area with no luck.
A subsequent report from an employee at Bonnie's Lounge on Hwy 92
indicated that he was headed towards SV in the early evening (1830)
perhaps hitchhiking and headed toward his former residence in town.
SV PD located him in town only a couple blocks away from his earlier
My thanks to all who responded.
I am looking for 9 soda can/beer can holders, the soft type you put your individual can in to keep them cool. They are the perfect size to protect the
new Icom handi-talkies. I made a box with dividers but still need some of the soda can holders for cushioning. Anybody got a couple extra they would donate to the cause?
I am continuing to work through technical challenges and resolve problems with the MCU. I have installed an RF patch panel in the van that was not present during the recent MCU training at Green Acres. A new operators' manual is under development (complete with many pictures of the new equipment), and will be published soon. A separate training session for the ACU-1000 will be conducted in the near future.
The callout April 19th was to support an extended phone outage in Cochise County. Apparently Qwest experienced a cable outage that affected most long distance, most cell phones and many local land line areas. Sierra Vista Regional Health Center requested RACES assistance through the County Sheriff's Office to establish a communications link with Tucson Medical Center. There were patient distribution issues that required
assistance and coordination through Tucson.
I was able to contact the Pima County RACES POC and they activated an operator to bring TMC up on 146.88. Right about the time we got everything operational, Qwest got the phone lines back in service. We did successfully make contact with the RACES operator at TMC. I did not capture his callsign.
My thanks to several who assisted. Those I have on my log are:
Roger W7RGP (who came to the house and told me about the emergency)
Charles K4AFN (deployed to SVRMC)
Hal WD8DOM (deployed to SVRMC)
Pablo KD7SPP (at Bisbee SO)
Ev WB7VNF (Bisbee)
Pat KD7HAB (at MARS station)
Chuck KB7RFI Tucson RACES
Thanks to all who provided phone availability reports as we started
to put together a picture of where coverage was down.
On April 23rd & 24th a mission was called to assist in locating a 15-year-old
young man who was a walkaway from his home on Moson Road. He was initially confirmed missing around 1800 in the evening but only reported to law enforcement near 22:00. We set up an initial command post near Coronado school around 22:30 PM. A tracker team accompanied by a K-9
tracked him through a cold night but was unable to locate him. A second RACES team relieved the first crew around 06:00 and continued to assist the effort. AZ DPS Ranger flew several search patterns and identified a few places to continue searching before departing back to Tucson. A third RACES team came on duty around 14:45. The individual and his dog
were located around 15:15 south of the San Pedro House. It was calculated that he had traveled in excess of 11.5 miles barefoot!! After being checked by the medics he was released to his father. Considering that this young man traveled cross country for the entire time, using few trails and was in such good condition at the end is quite remarkable.
My thanks to:
Dale Chidester NJ7C, Roger Peters W7RGP, Bill McNab N7BIL, Charles Campbell K4AFN for deploying with the van.
Others monitored for considerable periods to lend assistance if needed:
WD8DOM & KD7YOZ
I know there were others prepared to take a shift on Monday evening had it continued longer into the night.
Graham County SAR sent down some searchers who assisted on Monday afternoon.
Good job by all. Thanks
Past Army MARS Eastern Area Director Kathy Harrison has been appointed to take the reins of the Army Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) program. She succeeds Bob Sutton, N7UZY, who is recuperating from an illness. Lt. Col. Gregory Harris had been named in January to fill in during Sutton's absence; now it appears that Sutton will not be returning.
"While I will be getting up to speed on the MARS program over the next few
weeks, I am hitting the ground running," Harrison said in an announcement to the MARS community. "I have been working with LTC Harris on MARS issues for the past few weeks and have not forgotten everything I learned during my tenure as eastern area director."
Harrison said MARS faces "many new challenges" over the next year in meeting its mission on a reduced budget, but she said she believes the organization is up to the task. Harrison inherits the AAA9A MARS call sign. Her appointment was effective March 21. Army MARS is headquartered at Ft Huachuca in Arizona.
Sutton retired from federal service April 3. His long career as a US Air
Force communicator and his subsequent employment as a Department of the Army civilian employee spanned 46 years. Sutton was chief of Army MARS for 16 years. He says he plans to remain active in the program.
Meanwhile, Air Force Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) Chief Ray
Collins, AGA3C, announced his retirement from federal service effective
March 31 and said he'd be stepping down as chief of Air Force MARS.
According to Collins' announcement, the chief's position will remain vacant for a while.
In the interim, Collins said, regional MARS directors will take over issuing
and signing MARS licenses for new and renewing members as well as many other duties. The Air Force MARS office is located at the Headquarters of the Air Force Communications Agency (AFCA), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
EAARS OPEN REPEATERS (PL 141.3 NLESS NOTED)
EAARS Newsletter, Dave Wells W7ONJ Editor
Helio 146.860 EAARS Network 440.700 EAARS Network
146.900 w/autopatch 447.825 w/closed remote PL 100.0 or 141.3 packet 145.010
GMRS 462.625 PL 123.0 Pinal 145.410 Mt Lemmon 147.160 EAARS Network
Pinal Peak 145.41 EAARS Network Jacks Peak 145.21 EAARS Network
Dayton Hamvention has announced the winners of its 2006 Amateur of the Year, Special Achievement and Technical Excellence awards. Being honored for their contributions to the Amateur Radio Service are Gordon West, WB6NOA—Amateur of the Year; Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH--Special Achievement Award, and Dick Illman, AH6EZ--Technical Excellence Award.
West, of Costa Mesa, California, was named Amateur of the Year for his
efforts in recruiting and training many new amateurs, in addition to his
nearly lifelong involvement in ham radio. A Radio Club of America fellow and a recipient of the ARRL Instructor of the Year Award, West volunteers with the American Red Cross communications team in Orange County and regularly offers free kids classes and classes for cities to support their Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
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